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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: October 8, 2012
Product Name: GTX 650 Ti 1GB
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A Closer Look at the GTX 650 Ti & EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC



The reference GTX 650 Ti is a simple looking, tiny graphics card that wouldn’t look out of place in an SFF box or HTPC. It uses a basic axial blower fan that directs cool air down onto an anodized aluminum fin assembly. Now, this dual slot affair may look like it will keel over the second the GK106 core hits its stride but as you will see during testing, the heatsink design is more than sufficient.


With a TDP of only 110W and average power consumption likely hovering around the 90W mark, a single PCI-E power connector provides adequate overhead if overclocking is done. However, what isn’t here is an SLI connector since NVIDIA didn’t equip the GTX 650 Ti with multi card capabilities, nor will they be added at a later date.


The video outputs are a bit of a disappointment with a pair of DVI connectors alongside a single mini HDMI jack. For a card that would feel perfectly at home within an HTPC, we were hoping for at a full sized HDMI connector as most board partners likely won’t include a mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor. Hopefully, there will be some custom single slot cards with native support for HDTV connectivity.


EVGA has decided to go with a mostly reference route for their GTX 650 Ti SSC but there have been some significant changes. It still retains the same stumpy 5 ¾” long PCB as NVIDIA’s standard design but the heatsink has received a slightly upgrade with a full length shroud and some muted EVGA branding.


While the SSC’s heatsink may still be quite small, it encompasses more volume than the reference version’s which should lead to lower temperatures. Essentially, EVGA has maximized its vertical space without going over dual slot height.

The backplate on this card has been changed to a dual slot layout with additional ventilation to ensure as much heat as possible is exhausted outside of the enclosure. Unfortunately, EVGA hasn’t upgraded the video output offerings and the dual DVI + mini HDMI allotment is still in place. A mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor is not included either.


When placed directly next to a GTX 660, you can get a full appreciation of how small the GTX 650 Ti really is.
 
 
 

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